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European Parliament Backs New Protections for Bees

The European Parliament has backed new protections for bees, thwarting a move by the EU Commission and national governments to maintain outdated guidelines for how to evaluate the dangers of pesticides.  The vote at the Parliament’s plenary session in Strasbourg aims to ensure that more rigorous safeguards for bees and other pollinators, proposed by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in 2013, be applied.  Franziska Achterberg, Greenpeace EU food policy director, said: “The new Parliament has shown that it’s serious about protecting Europe’s threatened pollinators. The Parliament has passed its first green test, it’s now for von der Leyen and her team to show that the Commission can do the same and protect bees from dangerous pesticides.”  Read more.....



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